York International

Supplier of heating and cooling systems.

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631 South Richland Avenue
York, PA 17403
Employees: 23,200
CEO: David Myers
Division of Johnson Controls

Website: http://www.york.com

York International is a major supplier of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R) systems in the United States, and a leading competitor globally. The company was acquired in December 2005 by Johnson Controls in a deal worth $3.2 billion.

York designs, manufactures, sells, and services heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems for residential and commercial markets; gas-compression equipment for industrial processing; industrial and commercial refrigeration equipment; and compressors for residential and commercial air-conditioning, as well as refrigeration applications.

Some projects that York has been involved in include the refrigeration and air conditioning for many of the world's submarine fleets, a complex air conditioning system for the English Channel Tunnel, and the installation of massive centrifugal chillers for the Kuala Lumpur City Centre in Malaysia, one of the world's tallest buildings.


On September 7, 1874, Stephen Morgan Smith, Jacob Loucks, Oliver J. Bollinger, George H. Buck, Robert L. Shetter and Henry H. LaMotte pooled their resources to form the York Manufacturing Company which manufactured washing machines, corn planters, and water wheels.  Stephen Morgan Smith, the first president of the York Manufacturing Company, who later became a successful pioneer in the development of hydraulic turbines, contributed two patents to the new company: the Success Washing Machine (a mechanical clothes washing device) and the Success Clothes Wringer.

Steam engines and boilers were added to York's catalog of products in 1881. Eventually, these engines were manufactured to drive compressors.   In 1883, the company's president began to focus on the related technology of ice-making machines.

Through an initiative with George Jarman in 1885, York introduced its first ice and refrigerating machine, the Jarman Ice Machine. The need for ice-making machines had been recognized when John Gorrie, a physician, had discovered that cooler air halted the spread of malaria.  The first machine, with a capacity to produce eight tons of refrigeration, was sold in 1885 to Water Valley Ice and Cold Storage Company in Water Valley Mississippi.

In 1935, York developed the first single-room air conditioner, which became an instant hit and led to contracts with some of the world's most recognizable landmarks.


PPO Medical Plan and HMO Plan
Prescription Drug Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Care
Life Insurance Benefits
Disability Coverage
Flexible Spending Accounts
Additional Benefits
401(K) Plan
Retirement Plan
Employee Stock Purchase Plan

Updated October 6, 2006

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